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Type: Article
Published: 2013-12-18
Page range: 130–142
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A new genus and species of Discozerconidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) from carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in New Zealand 

Queensland Museum, PO Box 3300, South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101, Australia
Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University Nathan Campus, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Queensland, 4111, Australia
Heterozerconina Sejida taxonomy species relationships leg chaetotaxy


Berzercon ferdinandi gen. nov., sp. nov. (Acari: Mesostigmata: Discozerconidae) is described from carabid beetles in New Zealand. As in all Discozerconidae, Berzercon has large ventrally-directed opisthogastric suckers. However it is distinctive in its long marginal setae, tripartite gnathotectum, fused palp tibia and tarsus, the female’s large dome-shaped genital shield and the male’s highly modified hypostomal seta h1. This new species also represents the first Heterozerconina from an insect host.